10 Days Discover Northern and Center Culinary Tour in Vietnam

10 Days Discover Northern and Center Culinary Tour in Vietnam

  • Viet View Hotel and Spa, 20 Lò Sũ, Lý Thái Tổ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 84, Vietnam

Culinary Tour Vietnam

Asia Queen Travel is always ready to share the experience of discovering Vietnam with visitors from all over the world. Have an unforgettable vacation in one of Asia's most beautiful countries, Vietnam! During this holiday, you will have the chance to explore historical cities, join a cruise, marvel at the stunning views, enjoy local life, taste the unique street food, and learn about Vietnam's rich history and culture!

Highlights

  • Cooking lesson
  • Snorkeling and kayaking
  • Tour around the city of Hanoi
  • Cruise along the magnificent Ha Long Bay
  • Welcome drink at the hotel and on the boat
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals
  • Airport transfers
  • 8 days with instruction
  • English
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You will spend five nights in Viet View Hotel and Spa in Hanoi, one night on the cruise ship, and three nights in Van Loi Hotel in Hoi An.

Viet View Hotel and Spa

Viet View Hotel and Spa is located in the center of Hanoi, on the edge of the peaceful Hoan Kiem Lake. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi access, fresh fruits on arrival, and free private parking facilities. With a 10-minute stroll to Dong Xuan Market, this modern building is only 200 meters from Ngoc Son Temple. The historic Old City Gate is 350 meters away while Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) is 20 kilometers away.

Breakfast is a hearty buffet set-up. A tasty selection of international cuisines is served at the roof top restaurant. The lounge and café offer a variety of snacks and beverages. Room service is also available. Local drinks can be enjoyed on the outdoor terrace.

Viet Beauty Cruise

Viet Beauty Cruise is a very brand new junk boat launched in June 2014 with the branding of “Finest Vietnamese Traditional Style”. The Viet Beauty Cruise is a best new choice for those who plan their trip to discover Ha Long Bay, the world natural heritage.

The cruise name itself as “The Viet Beauty” aims to offer passengers all the best that Vietnam has to offer, such as best foods and culture, beautiful landscapes, wonderful itinerary, and outstanding cruise boat service among hundreds of cruise liners in Ha Long.

Facilities and equipment in the cruise are of the European quality and standard and will meet the need of passengers. Every cabin has a sea-view window, luxury private en-suite bathroom, air-conditioner, reading table, and reading lamps (creating new romance).

With a large sundeck, an elegant, cozy and panoramic restaurant, a lounge bar, massage service, fishing, kayaking and exciting water surfing board together with interesting itinerary, The Viet Beauty Cruise guarantees your pleasure and memorial trip in Ha Long Bay.

Van Loi Hotel

Located nearby Hoi An's Old Quarter, Van Loi hotel features 82 rooms, ranging from 22 square meters to 26 square meters. Modern rooms at Van Loi Hotel are air-conditioned and feature a private balcony. They are equipped with a minibar and television with satellite channels. Rooms are fitted with a work desk and seating area. For your comfort, you will find slippers, free toiletries, and a hair dryer. Van Loi Hotel also features free Wi-Fi.

Day 1: Arrival at Hanoi

Asia Queen Travel driver will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Hanoi. You will check into the hotel and be greeted with a welcome drink, free and useful Hanoi City map, free Wi-Fi, and free two bottles of water. You will overnight in a hotel in Hanoi. No meals are included on your first day.

Day 2: Hanoi to Hoa Lu to Tam Coc

At 7:45 a.m., Asia Queen Travel will pick you up at your hotel and depart for Hoa Lu and Tam Coc, while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the rural areas on the way.

At 10:30 a.m., after arriving in Ninh Binh province, the guide takes you to visit Hoa Lu, the ancient royal capital of Vietnam. You will visit Dinh King temple and Le King temple. You will have a look at the 10th century and discover the heroic histories of these two kings in the Chinese wares. After that, you will go to Tam Coc (10 kilometers away from Hoa Lu) where you will have lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, you will get on a bamboo boat, rowed by the local people in Hoang Long river to visit Tam Coc (the three caves) on the way. You pass through three enormous caves that provide a brief respite from the intense summer sun. It takes approximately two hours to go up and down the river. Along the way, you witness local fisher-folk, village life along the river and, of course, the striking limestone karst formations that Tam Coc is famous for.

If you like to go biking, it is a good idea to do it at this time. You will have the chance to visit real villages and amazing landscapes by bicycle about one hour from the restaurant.

At 4:00 p.m., you will take the car and come back Ha Noi and at approximately 6:30 p.m., you will arrive in Ha Noi. You will overnight in a hotel in Hanoi. Today's meal plan includes breakfast and lunch.

Day 3: Hanoi to Ha Long Bay

  • 07:45 You will meet your tour guide at a suggested place around Old Quarter before departing to Ha Long Bay.
  • 12:30 Embark at Tuan Chau harbor, Ha Long city, and be transferred by tender to the Viet Beauty Cruise. Upon arrival at Viet Beauty Cruise, you will be greeted by crew members followed by welcome drinks. You will get a cruise briefing and check into your cabin.
  • 13: 00 Savor a delicious lunch on board while the cruise heads to the center of Ha Long Bay
  • 15:00 Explore Sung Sot Cave, the biggest cave in Ha Long Bay, which famous for its wonderful stalactites and stalagmites
  • 16:00 Visit Titop Island for swimming or take a short walk to the top for some overview photos of Ha Long Bay
  • 18:00 Enjoy sunset while local wine and fruit is served
  • 18:30 Attend cooking lesson and learn how to make some spring rolls by yourself
  • 19:00 Dinner on board, then free time to relax with other activities of your choice, such as squid fishing, singing karaoke, relax on sundeck, and much more

Today's meal plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You will stay overnight on Viet Beauty Cruise in the middle of Ha Long Bay.

Day 4: Ha Long Bay to Hanoi

  • 06: 30 Start your morning with the Tai Chi class up in the sundeck
  • 07:00 Enjoy a new day with complimentary tea and coffee served for light breakfast on board
  • 08:00 Visit Me Cung Cave (Maze Cave) with layers of fossilized shells which present the historical formation of Ha Long Bay
  • 09:00 Stop by a pearl farm to study the culture pearl making process
  • 09:30 Check out of your cabin and have your brunch while Viet Beauty Cruise heads back to the harbor
  • 12:00 Disembark the harbor and say goodbye to Ha Long Bay and you will head back to Hanoi
  • 17:00 Your tour guide will drop you off at your hotel

Today's meal plan includes breakfast and lunch.

Day 5: Join in cooking class

The cooking classes are held at a restaurant which is located in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Just a short stroll (300 meters) from Hoan Kiem Lake and one and a half kilometers from the Dong Xuan market, which is Hanoi’s major fresh food market.

When you participate in the classes, the chef will share with you many of his secrets as he takes you on a culinary journey, teaching you how the subtle blend of spices are the key element to creating the outstanding flavors that are found in some of the favorite dishes of the Hanoian people.

You can chose to attend a morning or afternoon cooking class. There are seven menu options available for the cooking classes. All cooking classes are available to be run either in the morning or afternoon. Morning classes will culminate in lunch whilst afternoon classes culminate in dinner.

These are the seven menu options:

Monday

  • Hanoi traditional beef soup with rice noodle
  • Green mango salad with squid and prawn
  • Grilled pork with herbs and fresh vermicelli

Tuesday

  • Hanoi traditional chicken soup with rice noodle
  • Hanoi deep fried spring rolls
  • La vong’s style grilled fish

Wednesday

  • Hanoi deep fried spring rolls
  • Banana flower salad with chicken and seafood
  • Grilled beef slice in bamboo

Thursday

  • Hanoi traditional beef soup with rice noodle
  • Grape fruit salad with prawn and herbs
  • Fresh spring rolls with pork and prawn
  • Stewed pork with caramel sauce

Friday

  • Hanoi traditional chicken soup with rice noodle
  • Fresh spring rolls with pork and prawn
  • Grilled beef slice in bamboo

Saturday

  • Hanoi style traditional soup with chicken and rice noodles
  • Noodle rolling with beef and vegetable
  • La vong’s style grilled fish

Sunday

  • Hanoi traditional beef soup with rice noodle
  • Fresh spring rolls with pork and prawn
  • Grilled pork with herbs and fresh vermicelli

The guide will collect you from your hotel by taxi or motorbike to the class, where you will then be taken via the Cyclo trip to the market. Here, you will meet the chef and experience a day in his life as you wander through the fresh food market. You will learn some tips and tricks to ensure that only the finest quality ingredients are selected. You will then select all the ingredients needed for your class.

The chef will then accompany you as you make your way back to the restaurant. You will stop along the way and get to sample a selection of street foods. During the lesson, the chef will teach you the secrets to creating decorations, to enhance the presentation of your dished, as well as some of the basic skills needed to master the knife skills required to be a chef.

The class includes:

  • All food tasting in market
  • Cyclo tour
  • English speaking staff
  • Fresh fruit carving
  • Market tour
  • Special gift
  • Special tips from chef
  • Welcome drinks
  • Recipe

The duration of the class is four hours. You can choose the morning class at 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or the afternoon class at 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day.

Today's meal plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You will stay overnight in a hotel in Hanoi.

Day 6: Hanoi to Danang to Hoi An

You will have breakfast and free time in Hanoi until your driver comes to pick you up and drop you off at the airport. The pick up time will be two or two and a half hours before departure time. You will then have a flight to Danang.

You will be picked up at Da Nang International Airport (DAD) and dropped off for check in at a hotel in Hoi An. Today's meal plan only includes breakfast. You will stay overnight in a hotel in Hoi An.

Day 7: Island full day group tour

  • 08:00 Pick up at the hotel (located within Hoi An City center only). Transfer to harbor
  • 08:30 Pick up at Cua Dai habour
  • 09: 00 Relax and enjoy the beautiful landscape on the speedboat to Cham Island
  • 09:25 Visit Bai Lang, Au Thuyen, Tay Tang pagoda, and a fishing village
  • 10:10 Transfer to Bai Xep for snorkeling and have some fresh fruit
  • 11:10 Go to Bai Chong to relax, swim, sunbath, and enjoy the fresh seafood
  • 14:00 Return to the mainland and go back to the hotel

Today's meal plan includes breakfast and lunch. You will stay overnight in a hotel in Hoi An.

Day 8: Hoi An Old Quarter free day

Have breakfast at the hotel and have free time to visit and discover all destinations in Hoi An Quarter. Today's meal plan only includes breakfast. You will stay overnight in a hotel in Hoi An.

Day 9: Hoi An to Hanoi

You will have breakfast and then your driver comes to pick you up and drop you off at Da Nang International Airport (DAD) to fly to Hanoi. You will then check into the hotel. Today's meal plan only includes breakfast. You will stay overnight in a hotel in Hanoi.

Day 10: Departure

You will have breakfast and free time until your driver comes to pick you up and drop you off at the airport.

  • Discover all destinations in Hoi An Quarter
  • Enjoy snorkeling and seeing the coral in Cham Island
  • Explore caves and attending cooking lesson while on cruise in Ha Long Bay
  • Join cooking class at restaurant in Hanoi Old Quarter
  • See the Dinh king temple and Le king temple
  • Visit a pearl farm to study the culture pearl making process
  • Visit real villages and amazing landscapes by bicycle in Hoa Lu and Tam Coc

The tour will take place in various hot spots in Vietnam. Hanoi is a destination for famous landscapes in Vietnam. It is the center of culture, economy, education, and politics. A visit to Hanoi is a moment of discovery. Along with the many thousand years of civilization, with many ancient and modern works, with unique sidewalk cultural experiences, the special historic sites will all make you realize that a trip to Hanoi is a memorable one.

Hoa Lu is some 110 kilometers or two and a half hours bus ride from Hanoi. Located near the Ninh Binh city, Hoa Lu is the site of a 10th-century capital of an ancient Vietnamese Kingdom called Dai Co Viet.

This small kingdom covers an area of only 300 hectares, and reigned from the 10th century, during the Dinh and Le dynasties, to the 11th century, during the Ly Dynasty. The kingdom was enclosed by a citadel. The citadel and the Yen Ngua limestone hills provided good defense for this kingdom against the invaders.

Not much of this ancient kingdom is left standing. There are two 17th century temples, modelled after their 11th-century originals that are on most itineraries to Hoa Lu. They are the Dinh Tien Hoang Temple (King Dinh temple) and Le Hoan Temple (King Le Temple).

When it comes to scenery, Ha Long Bay can just be described as a 'wow'. Known for its thousands of rocks and caves emerging out of emerald water, Ha Long Bay has won numerous world recognitions as well as charmed millions of visitors through the years. As you slowly explore the bay, you will go from one surprise to another as one cannot stop asking, "how could nature have gifted human such a wonder?".

Today, Hoi A is one of the nation’s wealthiest towns, a culinary mecca, and one of Vietnam’s most important tourism centers. Discover a high speed train to Cu Lao Cham Island to reach the charming and clean beaches where you enjoy playing with the waves, explore the colorful coral in the sea, and enjoy seafood and specialties in this land.

The price of the package includes all the meals mentioned in the itinerary. During this holiday, you will get to taste Vietnamese cuisine. By joining in the cooking class, you can learn how to cook some Vietnamese food and you will enjoy the whole experience. During your free time, you can also try the local food found on the streets and markets of Vietnam.

  • 1 bottle of water per person
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • All transportations
  • Daily meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Snorkeling and kayaking
  • Welcome drink at the hotel and on the boat
  • Beverages, tips, and personal expenses
  • Drinks
  • Other things not mentioned clearly in the packages
  • Return airfare from your country to Vietnam
  • Round-trip airfare from Hanoi to Danang
  • Visa to Vietnam

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Noi Bai International Airport (HAN). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Asia Queen Travel will pick you up from the airport.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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